Los Angeles Family Attorneys Fernandez & Karney Celebrate 10 Years of Legal Excellence

 Fernandez & Karney, a premier family law firm serving the Los Angeles area, is proud to announce its 10-year anniversary. Since its inception, Fernandez & Karney has been dedicated to providing unparalleled legal representation to individuals and families facing a myriad of family law matters.

Established in 2014, Fernandez & Karney has quickly risen to become a trusted name in family law circles, garnering a reputation for excellence, integrity, and compassion. Led by founding partners Michael Fernandez and Steven Karney, the firm boasts a team of highly skilled attorneys with over 150 years of combined legal experience.

“At Fernandez & Karney, we have the knowledge and experience to effectively advocate for you and the compassion to do it right,” said Steven Fernandez, principal owner and managing partner of Fernandez & Karney.

Fernandez & Karney is committed to providing personalized legal solutions tailored to each client’s unique needs and circumstances. Whether it’s divorce, child custody, spousal support, or any other family law matter, the firm’s attorneys are dedicated to guiding clients through the legal process with empathy and understanding.

Since its inception in 2014, Santa Monica based Fernandez & Karney has quickly risen to become one of the most trusted family law firms in Southern California. Founding partners Steven Fernandez and Mark Karney have built the firm on a promise of excellence, integrity, and compassion. The firm’s seven attorneys bring over 150 years of combined family law experience to your family law matter.

The firm’s clientele includes a diverse range of individuals, including business executives, entertainment and medical professionals, and other high-net-worth individuals. Despite its large size, Fernandez & Karney prides itself on delivering a personal brand of representation, ensuring that each client receives the attention and care they deserve.

As Fernandez & Karney celebrates this significant milestone, the firm remains steadfast in its commitment to upholding the highest standards of legal excellence and client satisfaction. With a track record of success and a dedication to serving the community, Fernandez & Karney looks forward to continuing its legacy of providing top-notch family law representation for years to come.

For more information about Fernandez & Karney and the services they offer, visit www.cfli.com.

Fernandez & Karney
Steven Fernandez
(310) 393-0236



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  • Legal & Law

The Gateway Family YMCA Hosts Cancer Survivor Retreat

 The Gateway Family YMCA will be hosting a Cancer Survivor Retreat on Thursday, April 25 11:00-3:00pm at The Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch, 1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ. More information and registration for this free community event is available at www.tgfymca.org/events.

The YMCA Cancer Survivor Retreat incorporates in-person community building, YMCA staff support and YMCA360 Livestream participation to connect with other YMCA’s across the country. Featuring guest speakers, inspiring stories, connection and more, the retreat is being hosted as a collaborative effort through a hybrid format. Registration is required, and lunch will be provided to all participants at The Gateway Family YMCA.

The Cancer Survivor Retreat on YMCA360 is scheduled to include the following sessions:

· 11:00-12:00pm – Another Support in the Cancer Journey: Palliative Care
· 12:30-1:00pm – Empowering Cancer Survivors Through Knowledge: Clinical Trials
· 2:00-3:00pm – Taking Care of Yourself While You are Living with Cancer

For individuals who cannot attend the event at The Gateway Family YMCA in person, a virtual option is available through the digital platform YMCA360, which is included free in all Full Privilege Memberships at The Gateway Family YMCA. For individuals in the community who would like to attend the Cancer Survivor Retreat from home, information is available at www.tgfymca.org/events on requesting access for this one-day event.

“Our commitment to digital innovation and community health equity and support have combined into this Cancer Survivor Retreat,” stated Melynda A. Disla, President/CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “With our mission centered on equity for all, we strive to be a leading voice in the community for health and well-being, providing resources and guidance so that everyone can achieve their goals and feel supported in spirit, mind and body.”

The Gateway Family YMCA is also hosting a new session of LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, a community program for cancer survivors, providing support and assistance in a small community format. The current program session is held through May, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is provided free for cancer survivors through financial assistance supported by YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign fundraising efforts.

As part of LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, the Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with specially trained staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. Serving the community since 1900, The Gateway Family YMCA provides programs and services throughout Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County through six YMCA branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union, and The Dudley House Veterans Transitional Housing Program in Plainfield.

For more information on The Gateway Family YMCA, visit www.tgfymca.org. For more information on LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA or the YMCA Cancer Survivor Retreat, contact Jodi Pelano, Wellness Center Branch Executive Director at 908-349-9622 or livestrong@tgfymca.org.

The Gateway Family YMCA
Colleen Clayton



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The Chapman Family & Real Estate Tycoon Xavier Sams Grace The Cover Of Sheen Magazine Nov/Dec

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Hong Kong – Family Council holds publicity event on “Marital Happiness and Harmony” (with photos)

Family Council holds publicity event on “Marital Happiness and Harmony” (with photos)


The following is issued on behalf of the Family Council:
     The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau (HYAB), the Family Council, and Radio 2 of Radio Television Hong Kong jointly held a publicity event on “Marital Happiness and Harmony” today (September 24) to promote to the public the importance of sustaining a healthy marriage and building a harmonious family.
     With “Marital Happiness and Harmony” as the theme this year, the Family Council launched a new series of family education videos to provide practical information on building a happy marriage and a harmonious family to couples at different stages of marriage. Composed of eight episodes, the “Ingredients of Marriage”, features a variety of dishes to simulate the experiences of couples at different stages and to demonstrate that a good marriage requires the concerted efforts of both husbands and wives. The first episode of the short film was premiered at the event.
     In addition, the Family Council held a competition earlier, inviting members of the public to express their feelings to their partners, share their unforgettable experiences and views on maintaining harmonious family relationships through writing a letter. Winners were presented with awards and their letters were recited by artists at the event.
     The Deputy Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs (Home Affairs), Mr Nick Au Yeung, pointed out in his speech that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government attached great importance to the healthy development of families in Hong Kong and is committed to fostering a pro-family culture and environment. The HYAB will continue to offer support to the Family Council, endeavouring to enhance family harmony with a view to building a harmonious community and nurturing the new generation with proper values, an affection for and sense of belonging to the country.
     Delivering a speech at the event, the Chairman of the Family Council, Ms Melissa Kaye Pang, also said that the Council is committed to publicising the culture of loving families through organising various promotional activities. The Council has also been promoting family core values, namely “Love and Care”, “Respect and Responsibility” and “Communication and Harmony”, to society.
     Members of the public are welcome to visit the Council’s homepage, Facebook page or Instagram page for details of the event and family education videos on “Marital Happiness and Harmony”.

Writers’ Family Reunion is Back and Bringing the Texas Poet Laureate to Houston

HOUSTONSept. 15, 2023PRLog — HOUSTON, TX – Houston’s literary arts nonprofit, Writespace is thrilled about the return of its hit event, the Writers’ Family Reunion. Writespace makes the empowerment of writers its mission, hosting workshops and events to help underserved writers publish work that needs to be seen. Serving the Houston community since 2014, Writespace has organized a number of literary arts gatherings such as Writefest, and is now hosting the Writers’ Family Reunion for the first time in five years. The event’s revival comes with the honor of hosting the 2023 Texas Poet Laureate, ire’ne lara silva, whose voice Writespace is delighted to share with the Houston writing community.

The Texas Poets Laureate are “outstanding and recognized poet(s)” appointed and designated by a committee of musicians, writers, and artists. The 2023 appointee, ire’ene lara silva, has been recognized for her four poetry collections, two chapbooks, and various short stories. She has been awarded the Premio Aztlán, 2021 Tasajillo Writers Grant, a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, and was the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award. Her forthcoming poetry collection, the eaters of flowers, will see publication in 2024. Writespace is honored to host such a valued author at its upcoming event, as lara silva’s work carries a “unique Texas voice” that every writer should witness, according to Writespace Programming Director, Jamie Portwood.

The “Build-Your-Writing-Community event” will take place at Writespace’s location inside Sabine Street Studios. A ticket will provide entrance into the weekend’s festivities, and is for writers of all levels and genres. The Friday night mixer, book fair, and open mic will be on October 27th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m CST. The Saturday, October 28th events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. and last until 5:30 p.m. CST. “Just as a family reunion nourishes ties amongst long-lost relatives, the Writers’ Family Reunion is an opportunity for the large, diverse family of writers living in and near Houston to come home to one another and nurture the deep love of writing that we share,” writes the organization. If you are interested in writing panels, roundtables, critique group speed dating, a vendor fair, or the opportunity to meet a number of editors and writers, make sure to attend! Writespace encourages attendees to show out in their Halloween attire as well.

For more information on this and other events, visit writespacehouston.org. For updates, highlights, and more content about Houston’s literary arts community, follow them on Instagram and TikTok @writespacehouston. The organization also recommends all to view ire’ne lara silva’s work at irenelarasilva.wordpress.com. Writespace looks forward to communing with you.


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. This project is generously funded by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and Mid-America Arts Alliance. This event is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.